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Nissan Introduces ’05 Xterra at NY Show

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

The 2005 Xterra made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show this month.
Improvements were made in power, driveability, smoother on-road dynamics, more interior
space and cargo versatility, and greater off-road performance. The wheelbase has been
extended two full inches for a smoother ride and greater interior room, yet the overall
length is only two-tenths of an inch longer. Width has also been increased by 2.5 inches,
while height has increased 1.9 inches. Powering the new Xterra is a standard 4.0-liter DOHC
V-6, rated at 250-plus hp and 270-plus lb-ft torque. Two transmissions are available. The
new electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission is based on the
transmission used in the 350Z, modified for use in truck applications. Also available is a
six-speed manual transmission. Like the previous generation, the new Xterra is offered in
4WD or 2WD configurations. The part-time 4WD system includes 2WD/4H/4LO modes and
electronically controlled transfer case. A Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is also
available, along with other advanced off-road capabilities. Other driveline goodies include
engine speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes
with ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD). Available wheels and tires include
up to 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires. The 2005 Xterra will be offered in a choice of
models: S, Off-Road and SE. Each is offered with standard 4.0-liter V-6 and a choice of
manual or automatic transmissions and in 4WD or 2WD configurations. It goes on sale at
Nissan dealers nationwide in early 2005.

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